There is still a lot that can be built from wood scraps, such as this simple DIY wooden decoration: a letter holder with an engraved sun
Leftover wood – much too good to throw away!
You like to work with Wood and do you still have various wood remnants in your material cabinet from a previous project? In no case throw away – there is still a lot to make from these remnants. I recently had a practical one for my desk in the home office made from a few square MDF boards DIY decoration made of wood: a letter holder! But this letter holder is not just any letter holder. Maybe you can still join the collection Gift ideas for men remember that I showed you here on the blog some time ago – at that time I had built a simple wooden letter holder myself. This one is a little different, because this time I engraved the wood – with one Sun motif! Would you like to try out the project? Below you will find the instructions including video!
And if you don’t have any leftover wood, but also don’t feel like sawing the panels yourself: ask a carpenter near you for leftover wood & have a look on the internet, you can buy large boxes with different leftover wood for little money !
DIY wooden decoration: Instructions for building the letter holder yourself
You need for this project:
+ 4 wooden plates with a length of approx. 10 cm
+ Multifunction device with engraving attachment (I use this here)
+ Pencil, set square
+ round biscuit shape or something else round to record
+ Wood glue
+ Sanding block & sandpaper
Build decoration from wood – my DIY video tutorial
As already mentioned above, I made another video for this project. Below you will also find the step-by-step instructions with pictures and text.
Step 1: grinding
In the first step, I sanded the four wooden panels a little with the help of sanding blocks and fine sandpaper (approx. 240 grit) and broken the edges so that you can not injure yourself later on the sharp sawn edges of the wood remnants and so the surface becomes nice and soft.
Step 2: mark the sun
In the next step you draw the sun on the wooden plate with a triangle, pencil & biscuit shape.
Step 3: engrave
And now it’s time to engrave! I first engraved the curve and then the rays. When rounding, keep your hand as steady as possible and move the wooden plate carefully, not your hand. So you get a clean result. With the rays, it is important that you only ever move the device in one direction – not back and forth. Run each jet several times with the device to make the engraving deeper. You can see that quite well in the video above.
Step 4: grinding
If you are satisfied with the engraving result, grab the sandpaper again and grind the engraved lines a little.
Then I engraved a second plate in the same way – so that my letter holder has a sun motif at the end of two pages.
Step 5: assemble
Finally, all parts are glued together. To do this, apply the wood glue to the underside of the engraved plate, press it firmly onto the base plate and then fix it with the help of a clamp. After about 20 minutes you can then loosen the ferrule and continue with the other plates until the letter holder is complete.
The letter holder is ready! I designed it with two subjects – but of course this project can be implemented with more or fewer subjects. Accordingly, you need more or less wooden panels.
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